But it may not matter in the end what the results end up being.
Re: APR Survey Update
From: Frawley, Brian (DNR)
We appreciate the comments provided by all reviewers. We received comments from 15 people.
We have addressed all the comments received and have prepared a final version of the
questionnaire. The comments received and the changes that we made are described below.
Many reviewers were concerned with the inclusion of all or parts of the following paragraph in the
The intent of the proposed APRs is to protect young bucks from harvest; increase the overall
number of bucks; increase the number of 2½ year-old and older bucks available to hunters in the
region; and to increase hunter satisfaction.
Many reviewers felt that some information in this paragraph could potentially lead to biased
answers because the statements were either inaccurate or misleading. The reviewers stated the
proportion of bucks may increase but the overall number of buck may not increase. Furthermore,
hunter satisfaction may not improve for all hunters, especially for those hunters that could not take
bucks protected by APRs.
Consequently, we replaced this paragraph with the following sentence:
This proposal aims to protect most 1½ year old males by allowing the harvest of only those
antlered deer that have four or more antler points on one side, each one or more inches in length.
Some reviewers suggested two additions to clarify the proposal. The first suggestion was to state
that antler points need to be at least one inch long to count as legal points. The second
suggestion was to state that youth were exempt from APRs only during the youth season. We
made changes to address these comments.
One reviewer suggested that we remove the following two questions. These two questions were:
2. Do you own at least 5 acres of land in the area affected by the proposed regulations?Brian
3. Do you farm in the area affected by the proposed regulations?
Both of these questions were requested by the NRC; thus, we did not alter the questions.
One reviewer requested that we allow respondents to select no opinion as an answer to the
question about supporting the proposed regulation. The NRC has already requested will only
provide yes and no as valid answers; thus, we did not change the wording.
We do not plan to release copies of the final questionnaire because we do not want to risk having
the final questionnaire circulated and causing confusion with the official survey. The samples for
both surveys have been selected, and we expect the questionnaires to be delivered in mid-
It will take about three months to complete the APR survey; thus, we anticipate a report will be completed in March. Although the survey should be done in March, the NRC has committed to completing a thorough review of the effects of APR regulations. This review will not be completed before the APR survey is done. Therefore, even if the proposed APR regulations are supported by at least 66% of hunters, the NRC does not plan to make any regulation changes until the review of APRs has been completed.
Once again, thanks for your assistance.